The Cuchulainn saga is more coherent than the Fionn saga, because it possesses one central incident. The “canon” of the saga was closed at an early date, while that of Fionn has practically never been closed, mainly because it has been more a saga of the folk than that of Cuchulainn. In some respects the two may have been rivals, for if the Cuchulainn saga was introduced by conquerors from Britain or Gaul, it would not be looked on with favour by the folk. Or if it is the saga of Ulster as opposed to that of Leinster, rivalry would again ensue. The Fionn saga lives more in the hearts of the people, though it sometimes borrows from the other. This borrowing, however, is less than some critics, e.g. Zimmer, maintain. Many of the likenesses are the result of the fact that wherever a hero exists a common stock of incidents becomes his. Hence there is much similarity in all sagas wherever found.
 IT i. 134; Nutt-Meyer, ii. 38 f.; Windisch, Tain, 342; L. Duvau, “La Legende de la Conception de Cuchulainn,” RC ix. 1 f.
 Windisch, Tain, 118 f. For a similar reason Finnchad was called Cu Cerca, “the hound of Cerc” (IT iii. 377).
 For the boyish exploits, see Windisch, Tain, 106 f.
 RC vii. 225; Windisch, Tain, 20. Macha is a granddaughter of Ler, but elsewhere she is called Mider’s daughter (RC xvi. 46).
 Rh[^y]s, CFL ii. 654; Westermarck, Hist. of Human Marriage, ch. 2.
 Miss Hull, Folk-Lore, xii. 60, citing instances from Jevons, Hist. of Religion, 65.
 Windisch, IT ii. 239.
 Windisch, 184, 312, 330; cf. IT iii. 355; Miss Hull, 164 f.; Rh[^y]s, HL 468.
 LL 119_a_; RC iii. 175.
 Windisch, 342.
 RC iii. 175 f.
 Ibid. 185.
 Crowe, Jour. Kilkenny Arch. Soc. 1870-1871, 371 f.